Bruce Dumes

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes commented on: Freddie King Style Slow Blues Soloing Up The Neck Apr 05, 2021

Wow, thanks a lot, Duke! 

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes commented on: Freddie King Style Slow Blues Soloing Up The Neck Apr 04, 2021

Hey Duke! So here is my humble attempt. Hope you and the Duchess are well. Happy Birthday to Minnie. Be well. Thanks, Bruce

Michael McKenna
Michael McKenna Apr 10, 2021

Bruce - great job!  If you ever want to correspond my email is mckaynj@aol.com.  I look forward to your contributions which are always fun.  This one is exceptional.  Thanks again.

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes commented on: Someone to Love B Section Soloing Jan 31, 2021

Thanks Duke.

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes commented on: T-Bone Walker in G 2nd Chorus Solo Jan 27, 2021

Thanks Duke. That suggestion to think the initial notes in your head, but not to play them is really interesting. I've been practicing that and it's amazing how T-Bone-y it can sound. There's a story I heard once that Mercer Ellington reluctantly showed his Dad some arrangement he was working on. Duke took the score and didn't add or change anything except to cross out big sections of it. He handed it back to Mercer without saying a single word. Mercer said he was so upset that he didn't even look at what Duke had done for weeks. But when he finally looked at it again, he realized how much better it was with those sections removed. So that reminds me of the T-Bone way of playing -- being able to self-edit to keep just what is essential and giving the overall phrase more interesting spaces. 

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes commented on: Someone to Love B Section Soloing Jan 24, 2021

Hey Duke! Here's my stab at this one. What a great tune, and a real fun backing track to play with. Let's hope for better times to come in this crazy world, and if it's not asking too much, lord, please send me more guitars. :-) Take care Duke. 

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes commented on: Freddie King Shuffle Solo, Second Chorus Jan 08, 2021

Wow, thanks Duke! 

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes commented on: Freddie King Shuffle Solo, Second Chorus Dec 17, 2020

Hey Duke! Here's my attempt. I kind of like the tone. I'm using one of those little Spark modeling practice amps and I feel like I'm playing through a Marshall stack! :-) My solo is a bit quirky here and there, but I wanted to get something down where I wasn't thinking about it too much or getting tense trying to get something mistake free, so I'm just playing to have fun and go for it. I'll be curious to hear your reaction! Thanks as always for the great lesson! 

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Jan 03, 2021

Alright Bruce, Good to hear you going for it. Really nice raw energy here! There's a nice tension that fits the tune here. Kinda has a intensity about it. Good going buddy! Duke

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes Jan 08, 2021

Wow, thanks Duke! 

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes commented on: Someone to Love Chords and Rhythm Dec 13, 2020

Hey Duke! "Please Send Me Someone To Love" is one of my all time favorites! I have a 78 of it! "Lost MInd" is, of course, incredible too. I think Mose Allison must have been very influenced by Percy. Great stuff! Looking forward to working on this. 

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Jan 03, 2021

Hi Bruce, It's definably one of or maybe even the best of the blues ballads by anyone! And it's fun to play also. Duke

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes commented on: Romance in the Dark Last Verse and Ending Nov 28, 2020

Beautiful stuff, Marty! 

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes commented on: Romance in the Dark Last Verse and Ending Nov 22, 2020

Thanks Duke!!

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes commented on: Romance in the Dark Last Verse and Ending Nov 15, 2020

Thanks, Mike Caren for putting up the link and for the very kind words! It really means a lot. I think Duke's teaching was extra inspirational on this one, and the great backing track really helps too. 

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes commented on: Romance in the Dark Last Verse and Ending Nov 15, 2020

Hi Mark. Wow, thanks so much! That's really nice of you to say, and it means a lot. The backing track is on the Lesson 1 Intro and Fills page. Thanks again! 

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes commented on: Romance in the Dark Last Verse and Ending Nov 14, 2020

Thanks for the very kind words, Mike! I really appreciate it. In this case, the backing track is on the Lesson 1 Intro and Fills page. Thanks again for the encouraging feedback.

Hey SJ Mike Caron, perhaps you should add a link to the backing track to the right hand icons so that this page is consistent with the others!

 

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes commented on: Romance in the Dark Last Verse and Ending Nov 13, 2020

Hey Duke! Here's a stab at this one. What a delight to have such a beautiful backing track to play with. I tried to focus on staying in the pocket rather than getting too adventurous with the improvisation. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts. Bruce 

Michael McKenna
Michael McKenna Nov 14, 2020

Bruce,

Like what you did.  You seem always absorb and reproduce the essence of the piece.  Maybe you can help me again.  I don't see a backing track for the lesson but sounds like you have a copy of the performance track without Duke's lead guitar.  If so, how do I obtain a copy. 

Mike

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes Nov 14, 2020

Thanks for the very kind words, Mike! I really appreciate it. In this case, the backing track is on the Lesson 1 Intro and Fills page. Thanks again for the encouraging feedback.

Hey SJ Mike Caron, perhaps you should add a link to the backing track to the right hand icons so that this page is consistent with the others!

 

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Nov 15, 2020

Hi Guys -- backing track is up now thanks to Bruce -- upper right side of the screen just above the add to practice list plus.  It's a great track as it has vocals -- enjoy!

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Nov 15, 2020

Bruce -- you sound great!  Agreed with Michael -- you're channeling and just letting it flow.  Beautiful.

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes Nov 15, 2020

Thanks, Mike Caren for putting up the link and for the very kind words! It really means a lot. I think Duke's teaching was extra inspirational on this one, and the great backing track really helps too. 

Duke Robillard
Duke Robillard Nov 22, 2020

Hey Bruce, Sounds great! Very nice playing around the vocal and solo. Excellent playing overall and right in the pocket. Really nice wall of guitars there also! Duke

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes Nov 22, 2020

Thanks Duke!!

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes commented on: Sonic Shuffle Stop Time Soloing Nov 03, 2020

Thanks a lot, Duke! I hope more folks submit videos. I'd love to see them. 

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes commented on: Sonic Shuffle Stop Time Soloing Oct 29, 2020

Oops, I meant 12 choruses, not bars. :-)

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes commented on: Sonic Shuffle Stop Time Soloing Oct 29, 2020

Hey Duke! It's really hard to be interesting, emotional AND competent for 12 bars. So I just shot for something in the middle. :-) Thanks for all the inspiration! Best regards, Bruce.

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes Oct 29, 2020

Oops, I meant 12 choruses, not bars. :-)

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes commented on: Sonic Shuffle Stop Time Soloing Sep 30, 2020

Hey Michael. There is a track. If you look on the right, you'll see 3 button links. The top one that looks like a play button is the track. Be well! Looking forward to hearing your track! And Duke, thanks so much for this lesson! Super helpful! 

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes commented on: Sonic Shuffle Soloing with Chord Fragments Sep 20, 2020

Hey Duke! I love the track, this is really going to be fun. One thing I'd like to ask if you could show some ideas for stuff to play during the stops. I'm more accustomed to having three stops, like: and-one [break]...and-one [break]...and-one [break] where the rest of the break is two measures. On the track, it's: and-one [break] and-one [break] and you have three measures to play over. So it's a real different kind of phrasing required. Hope that makes sense! Thanks Duke!

Bruce Dumes
Bruce Dumes commented on: Bobby Bland Artist Study Vocal Fill Riffs Jul 19, 2020

Really great stuff. I was noticing how the triplets that Clarence is using on this tune really emphasize the flat tire rhythm. When your track is ready, I think I'll try to add my own modest vocal attempt and piano track first, then lay the guitar over that. The piano on the track is really cool, and interesting that he has his own part during the stops. He plays it the same way on both sets of stops. The drummer really wallops that snare during the guitar solo! And I love it when Bobby shouts out "Look out, Clarence!" :-) Thanks Duke!

 
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